by - setembro 06, 2018

If your first thought was 'Why Alcobaça reminds her of a love story?', here is the answer... Because inside the Monastery of Alcobaça are kept the most beautiful tombs of the gothic funerary sculpture that guard the immortal lovers, D. Pedro and D. Inês.

The monastery (also known as Real Abadia de Santa Maria of Alcobaça) is one of the most beautiful gothic monasteries in the world. It's in UNESCO World Heritage list since December 1989, it's a National Monument and it's one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Initially, it was built according to the Benedictine model of simplicity. The work was begun in 1178 by the monks of the Cister Order, during the reign of D. Afonso Henriques. But the facade of the church was remodeled during the 18th century and now its a combination of Gothic and Baroque. 

Inside the church you can see the tombs of King Pedro I and Inês de Castro. It's impossible to describe such beauty! It's not by coincidence that they are considered the best sculptural works of the portuguese medieval tombs.

The church is free to visit. If you pay the €6 entrance fee, you have access to one of the cloisters (Claustro of Dom Dinis) and the adjoining rooms. The entrance fee includes an informative audio guide too.

You really have to visit this wonderful place!
It's open from October to March - 9am to 6pm - and from April to September - 9am to 7pm. On Sundays until 2pm the entrance is free.

And, as an antique portuguese saying says: 'Quem passa por Alcobaça, não passa sem lá voltar...' (loses the meaning if I translate it!) so, I'm sure you'll come back!

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